PSG vs Bayern Munich preview

September 26, 2017
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are two teams obsessed with lifting the Champions League trophy and they are both expected to reach the final stages this term.

The clash at Parc des Princes could show us who the early favourites are and tell us where the two teams are at the moment.

Paris Saint-Germain have big ambitions this season as they want to reclaim the Ligue 1 trophy and at the same time launch an assault on the Champions League title.

The arrivals of Neymar, Mbappe, Dani Alves and Yuri have served as a major lift to everyone at the club, but there is still a great deal of work ahead.

New signings have done pretty well in the opening exchanges, but the reality is the Bayern game will be the first real test for the Saints.

The arguing over penalty duty between Cavani and Neymar went on to suggest that the dressing room atmosphere is far from perfect, and it remains to be seen whether that will affect the performances.

The reality is that PSG have struggled against both Lyon and Montpellier, and they clearly face a tough task against star-studded Bayern Munich.

Unai Emery is sweating over the fitness of Neymar and Angel di Maria, but there is a chance that both will be fit to face the Bavarians.

Meanwhile, Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe picked up minor knocks against Montpellier, but they, too, are expected to play.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Areola – Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kurzawa – Verratti, Motta, Rabiot – Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar.

It’s been less than five years since Bayern Munich last won the Champions League trophy, but they seem to want it just as bad as PSG.

The Bavarians have invested a lot of money into new players over the last few years and have yet to see expected results.

Former PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti failed to bring the glory to Allianz Arena last term, but he gets another chance with a heavily reinforced team.

Bayern seem to have hit the nail on the head with summer recruits as Rodriguez, Tolisso, Sule and Rudy have all shown a great deal of potential, placing pressure on the likes of Thiago, Martinez, Ribery and Boateng in the battle for starting positions.

The Bavarians haven’t enjoyed such a good start to the new Bundesliga campaign having already suffered two setbacks, but they can be backed at 4.00 (3/1) to win at Parc des Princes.

Apart from Juan Bernat and Manuel Neuer, Carlo Ancelotti has no other selection worries, although he has several dilemmas with regards to the best starting line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Ulreich – Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Rafinha – Tolisso, Vidal – Robben, James, Coman – Lewandowski.

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